Una McCauley presented her credentials to Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, as the new Resident Coordinator for the United Nations and the Resident Representative for UNDP in Sri Lanka on 03 August 2016. As the most senior UN Official in the country, Una will lead the UN Country Team of 21 Resident and Non-Resident UN Agencies and act as the representative of the UN Secretary-General in Sri Lanka.
Prior to her appointment, Una served as the UNICEF Representative for Sri Lanka for four years. Previously, she was the UNICEF Representative for Panama and Togo, and has worked at the UNICEF offices in Sudan, Kenya, and Angola. With close to 15 years of experience serving within the United Nations System and an additional 7 years of experience working with children in the development sector, Una has been instrumental in developing policies and strategic frameworks on leading global issues in a number of countries.
A national of Ireland and the United Kingdom, Una has a Master’s Degree in International Development from the University of London, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and Science Research from the University of East London.
Una McCauley is the first female to hold the position of UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka.
Joern Soerensen joined UNDP Sri Lanka as the Country Director in August 2014. Prior to his appointment in Sri Lanka, Joern served as the Country Director in India from 2013 to 2014 and as the Deputy Country Director in Nepal from 2009 to 2013.
Prior to the tenures in South Asia, Joern has been attached to the UNDP Iraq programme since 2001. First as Assistant Programme Director in Kurdistan and later as Programme Advisor attached to the Regional Bureau for Arab States in New York. In 2004, Joern moved to the Middle East to take up a position in the Iraq Country Office in Amman, Jordan, concluding his assignment with UNDP Iraq as Head of Strategic Planning & Partnering in 2009
Joern began his career at UNDP in 1994 when he joined UNDP Mongolia as a Programme Officer (JPO). In 1995, he was appointed Head of the Mongolian Environment Programme. From 1997 to 1998, he served as Regional Programme Manager for the Asia-Pacific Region at UNDP Headquarters in New York. Joern also served as the Assistant Resident Representative in North Korea from 1998 to 1999 and has held advisor positions in China for both UNDP and WFP from 1999-2000.
Joern Soerensen holds degrees in Management and Social Studies and a Master degree in International Development Studies from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Lovita Ramguttee joined UNDP Sri Lanka as the Deputy Country Director (Programmes and Operations) in October 2013.
Lovita joined UNDP in 2005 under the LEAD Programme and held the position of Business Partnership Coordinator in the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (RBEC) from 2005-2006. Following her tenure at RBEC, she worked for nearly two years as a UNDP liaison officer in Istanbul within the regional bloc Black Sea Economic Cooperation where she was also the Business Partnership Advisor for the UNDP implemented Black Sea Trade and Investment Promotion Programme. Lovita thereafter worked at UNDP country office level, as the Assistant Resident Representative in Moldova (2008-2011) and as Deputy Resident Representative in Montenegro (2011-2013) prior to joining the Sri Lanka country office.
Prior to joining UNDP, Lovita has been working in the private sector since 1999 as a Consultant in an International Consulting Firm (representing Arthur Andersen Worldwide in Africa with Headquarters in Mauritius, her home country) providing marketing and economic consulting services mainly in Mauritius, Tanzania, Zambia and Madagascar.
Lovita studied Economics at the University of Cambridge (BA, MSc) and has an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.